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From time to time, the Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) is asked to distribute information on behalf of third parties. WRFN provides general information to self-advocates and families of children with special needs. The information provided on this website is not a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any resource, therapeutic method, or service provider. WRFN is not responsible for any information or services provided by third parties. You are urged to use independent judgment when considering any resource.

 


 

Autism Ontario - "Waterloo Stars" Adaptive Soccer Program

Children with ASD, ages 3-18, are invited to attend 10-weeks of soccer with the Waterloo Minor Soccer Club.  Siblings, ages 3-18 are also invited to join in on the fun!

 

The WMCS's Waterloo Stars is an adaptive program for children ages 3-18 to have a positive experience on a soccer team. 

 

For this event, Autism Ontario will have full and private use of indoor field for 1 hour weekly. The Waterloo Minor Soccer Club will provide team jerseys, shorts, socks and a ball for the children with ASD. 

 

Children will go through warm up exercises, break out into skills training and then end with a short game. 

 

**Parents must participate with their children on the field**

 

The program runs October 13 to December 15 from 3-4pm

 

To learn more about this opportunity or to register please click here.

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Disabilities Mentoring Day

Disabilities Mentoring Day (DMD) is a full day of job shadowing that was started right here in Kitchener in 2011 by Dolphin Digital Technology to showcase the talent people with disabilities have and to provide greater access to accessible employers. DMD is now a national event bringing together employers across Canada with people who self identify as having a disability for a day of mentoring.

 

Goals for Dolphin Disabilities Mentoring Day:

  • To provide mentees access to workplace contacts, environments, skills, & HR process,
  • To increase confidence among students and jobseekers with disabilities,
  • To enhance internship, co-operative education and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities,
  • To dispel employers’ fears about hiring people with disabilities and promote disability confidence,
  • To give employers an opportunity to benchmark themselves as being accessible to what is a largely untapped pool of talent as well as a massive consumer market.

To apply to be a mentee fill out the online survey or complete the fillable application and email it to Lisa Livingston.  

 

The deadline to register is is Friday, September 21.

 

Please contact Lisa with any questions you might have at llivingston@marchofdimes.ca or 519-579-5530 ext. 262. 

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OIFN Publications

Ontario Independent Facilitation Network is pleased to share some of their learning about facilitating change and customizing support, in service of citizenship for all people.

 

Find a list of their publication here.

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Firefly Fall Programs

Firefly Therapy Services offers fee-for-service therapeutic programs for children and youth.  

 

Fall 2018 Programs:

Eat, Cook & Mingle Tween - This 8 week group is for youth in Grades 6, 7, and 8 who want to learn basic cooking skills and make new friends in the process.

Eat, Cook & Mingle Teens - This 8 week group is targeted for youth who want to learn basic cooking skills and make some new friends while they do it.

Playtime Academy Jr. - Playtime Academy Jr. is a fun and engaging group for children aged -7 who require additional support in developing beginner social skills and peer interaction within a group setting.

Playtime Academy - Playtime Academy is a fun and engaging group for children aged 4 – 7 who require additional support learning how to interact and play appropriately with their peers.

Social Explorers - Social Explorers introduces Superflex and Team of Unthinkables to teach youth, ages 8-12 who struggle with social situations and how to navigate and gain control of their emotions.

Music Therapy - Firefly offers group and individual sessions led by a music therapist. Groups include Rock N Talk, Music & Mingle and Rock Band.

Swimming Lessons - Firefly Therapy Services swimming program provides an opportunity for children to learn important basic swimming skills in a safe and supportive environment.

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Autism Ontario - School IEP Parent Workshop

Do you have questions about your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP)? 

 

Join Autism Ontario for a three part IEP focused workshop, lead by Sue McDermid, Autism Ontario's Central West Family Support Coordinator. 

 

The webinars will feature Ed Mahony, Special Education Teacher, and focus on helping parents get the most out of the Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC) process. These interactive webinars focused on the next steps after your child's team has met to discuss educational outcomes.  Discussion will follow after each webinar.

 

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 10am - 12pm

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 10am - 12pm

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 10am - 12pm

 

CBI Home Health, 630 Weber St., Suite 200, Waterloo, ON N2V 2N2.

 

Pre-registration is required. Register here.

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WRFN Family Pulse - September 2018

Just like, that the summer is over! Once again, here we are transitioning back into the school year. In this edition of Family Pulse we thought it would be useful to share a quick list of tricks and tools to use during the transition.

 

Back to school is a very busy time, during which parents need to remember to look after themselves. The reality is, transition time is a difficult time for parents. Getting to know and deal with new situations isn't just difficult for children, it's difficult for caregivers too. We hope you’ll find our tips useful for your own self-care during the upcoming transition time.

 

Don’t forget to check out What’s Happening at WRFN and Upcoming Community Events—there’s lots going on!

 

Read Family Pulse online or download a copy here.   

 

Have a wonderful month and remember to take care of yourself!

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A Team - September 2018 - Newsletter

The A-Team Waterloo Region is primarily run by individuals with Aspergers Syndrome, for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, with some assistance from Waterloo Region Family Network. The goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment to meet fellow adults with Asperger's Syndrome [or ASD – level 1], discuss topics of interest, share experiences, and embrace our neurological diversity.

 

You can find out what's happening at A-Team in their September 2018 Newsletter.

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Tuesday Hangout

Tuesday Hangout is a weekly get together with friends to enjoy volunteering, fun recreational activities and cooking!

 

Session 1: September 4 - October 23, 2018

Session 2: October 30 - December 18, 2018

Session 3: January 8 - February 26, 2019

1:30 - 5:30 p.m.

St. George’s of Forest Hill Church - Recreation Hall

321 FisherHallman Road, Kitchener

Cost: $350 *includes a meal cooked by group members

 

For those participating in Special Olympics Bowling, rides will be

provided to Victoria Bowl

 

For more information or to register, contact Lori at 519-501-6747 or

lmyc@gmail.com or Susan at 519-654-7023 or susanhipp@gmail.com.

 

This program is presented by Lori Malony Young Consulting and Susan's Toolbox.

 

 

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A New Chapter: Families Moving Forward

Are you the parent/caregiver of a young adult with disabilities? Do you wonder how the future will look for your child and yourself?

 

Please join us in sharing some of the chal lenges - and solutions in supporting someone to build a full and active l i fe in the community.

 

Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 PM at The Family Centre, 65 Hanson Ave. Kitchener, Room 1024.

October 9 - November 27, 2018.

 

To register please contact Wendy by emailing wnewbery@bridgestobelonging.ca or calling 519-603-0998 ext. 223.

 

Presented in partnership by Bridges to Belonging and Waterloo Region Family Network.

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Ask A Self-Advocate Program... Coming November 2018

Building on the pilot project that was run in 2017, Cristina will be reintroducing the Ask A Self-Advocate Program at WRFN later this fall. If you would like to talk to someone else who understands what it is like to live with exceptionalities, or you wish to look at a challenge you are facing with a new perspective, this program might be a good fit for you. Once again, Cristina is happy to share her lived experience as an adult individual with an ASD. This program in open to individuals with disabilities, their families, or professional supports. Booking details will be made available in October, and the program will run on Mondays beginning in November.

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